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BC Ferries

11300 Patricia Bay Highway | Suite 500, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 3S8, Canada
+1 888-223-3779
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11300 Patricia Bay Highway | Suite 500, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 3S8, Canada
+1 888-223-3779
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Other than the fact that it's the only show in town for passenger and vehicle service from Vancouver to the Island, BC ferries is mostly efficient and a very pleasant ride from Vancouver to Nanaimo. Much more punctual than. They used to be, passable but...More

Thank Eliz29-12
Reviewed 2 days ago

The BC ferry system is excellent. We travelled from Tawassin to Sydney for a week in Victoria, and back again. We also travelled to Salt Spring Island and back. The ferries are clean and comfortable. There is lots of seating room. The large ferries having...More

Thank Stitcherart
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Booking and checking baggage was very easy , cost for the trip is very reasonable . Comfortable seating and good food from quick serve to full meals. The ferry is slow enough to enjoy The scenery .

Thank Pantherdew1
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I love taking the BC Ferry through all islands and the new ones are much better than than the older ferry's if you have a choice. I always reserve to get on when I want and really enjoy the buffet on the new ones. There...More

Thank Darlene D
Reviewed 3 days ago

Living on an island you rely on the BC Ferry to get you on and off the island. Remarkable service on time. Pleasant travelling inside or out. The Buffett makes the voyage seem more like a cruise. Wonderful gift shop, play areas for small children...More

Thank Valerie S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I take pride in my city and province. It embarrasses me when people come from out of town and see bathrooms that are more gross than a hole in the wall gas station. You often see workers checking the washrooms but not cleaning them. The...More

Thank missc587
Reviewed 3 days ago

A great 1.5 hr "cruise" through the islands between Vancouver Island and the mainland. You can visit the other smaller islands as well. It's a bit overpriced if you are a resident of the islands, but tourists will enjoy the ferry experience. You'll have the...More

Thank rwhitwell58
Reviewed 4 days ago

The ferry ride from Swartz Bay to Tawwassen is filled with breath-taking scenery through a unique set if B.C.'s many islandsMore

Thank Dale R
BCFCustomerCare, Customer Service Representative at BC Ferries, responded to this review

Dear Dale R., Thank you for the quick review. We have to agree that the sailing between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen is breathtaking – there are few places in the world to have this type of experience! My favorite thing is to get a coffee...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

At the risk of gushing, the buffet at B.C. ferries between Vancouver and Victoria was a discovery. The salmon was tender, the curry quite good, salads fresh and varied, mussels so so, rice pudding light, and all for about $21.00! Get a window seat, enjoy...More

Thank mnng1222
BCFCustomerCare, Customer Service Representative at BC Ferries, responded to this review

Dear mnng1222, Thank you for the rave review! The Pacific Buffet is what we like to think of is a hidden gem – between breakfast, lunch and dinner, we have you covered. You’ve described it perfectly; it’s the perfect place to grab your favorite west-coast...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

BC ferries are well maintained, staff are friendly and helpful, good options for meals or snacks, work stations available for business travelers, gift shop has great merchandise and washrooms are clean.More

Thank Wesley S
BCFCustomerCare, Customer Service Representative at BC Ferries, responded to this review

Dear Wesley S., Thank you for taking the time to write a review – we appreciate it. I’m happy to hear enjoy your time traveling with us; BC Ferries strives to provide safe, efficient and reliable transportation. Between the work stations and Passages Gift Shop...More

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Tipper r
We, two adults will crossing over, on foot with two large suitcases, from Vancouver 26th September, to Sydney (presumably?) Appreciate any info - we will hopefully make ferry connection using public transport from our homestay in Vancouver- exact location not known as yet. Seems an expensive crossing @$200 approx? many thanks in advance. Tipper R
March 16, 2017|
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Response from Relentless_One | Reviewed this property |
Hi! The foot passenger fare is about $17 per person. You can catch the #620 bus from the River Rock SkyTrain station in Richmond (suburb of Vancouver). It will take you right to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Buy your... More
We get off a cruise ship in June in Vancouver. We would like to go to Victoria to stay at Fairmont Empress for a night and then to Tofino for a couple nights a nd then fly out of Vancouver. What ferry should we take and where should we rent a car and return the car? Very much appreciate your advice.
March 3, 2017|
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Response from BCFCustomerCare | Property representative |
Hi Burner50 Thanks for your question! To visit Victoria I recommend sailing from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal in Delta. If you wanted to rent a vehicle in Vancouver then you could make a stop at the Vancouver... More
Hi, I'm going to be using the BC Ferries service to get back and forth between Vancouver and Victoria. How is the passage? Has everyone experienced a pretty smooth sailing without a lot of rocking back and forth? I do not like boats.
January 29, 2017|
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Response from Theale H | Reviewed this property |
You are in the inside passage and do not normally see waves and swells which cause the rocking. You should be fine.